Emmanuel Ekpenyong Esq.

Leaders in Law endorses Emmanuel Ekpenyong as our exclusively recommended Commercial Litigation Law expert in Nigeria. If you wish to get in touch with Emmanuel please use the contact information provided above.

Emmanuel joined Strachan Partners, a leading commercial law firm in Lagos, Nigeria in September 2009. In October 2011, he moved from Lagos to Abuja to establish and manage the Abuja practice of the firm. In 2014, he joined other partners to establish Fred-Young & Evans LP, a full service commercial law firm and Fred-Young Recoveries, an international debt collection firm.

Emmanuel is experienced in recovery of diverse debts across borders. He has been engaged in prominent commercial litigations at the High and appellate courts and has acted as Counsel in both domestic and international commercial arbitrations. He is involved in several public interest litigations like the suit by some Federal law makers in Nigeria against the Federal Government on the constitutionality of the Excess Crude Account and the action to compel the Federal Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation to promulgate an Order to bring Part I of the Foreign Judgments (Reciprocal Enforcement) Act, CAP, F35, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 into operation.

In 2020, Emmanuel commenced an action to challenge the legality of some provisions of the Companies and Allied Matters Act, 2020 which infringe the Constitutional fundamental human rights of citizens and other provisions of the Constitution. He also instituted an action for the Court to interpret the extent of the Right to Life under Section 33 of the Constitution and the duty of the Nigerian State to protect and preserve human life. In 2021, he instituted an action for the Court to interpret whether the National Assembly which is Nigerian legislative arm of Government has Constitutional powers under its oversight functions in Sections 88 and 89 of the Constitution, to summon the President of Nigeria to answer questions on security of lives and properties in Nigeria.

Emmanuel is exposed to Nigeria’s Constitutional, corporate and intellectual property practice and advises both foreign and local clients on the legal regime in doing business in Nigeria. He is listed as a foreign associate with James Ling Attorney at Law, China. He is the sole commercial litigation expert in IR Global, Leaders in Law, Advisory Excellence and World Law Alliance networks. He is a Debt Collection Expert in Global law Experts and The Lawyer’s Network. He is the sole Nigerian Partner in International Credit Exchange and the Nigerian Legal Expert on Start-up Overseas.

Emmanuel is profiled as a National Expert by Getting the Deal Through. He received a Certificate of Excellence and Fred-Young & Evans was listed amongst the “50 Smartest Companies of the Year” by Silicon Review, 2020 (thesiliconreview.com) . Fred-Young & Evans was listed amongst the “50 Best Companies to Watch, 2021” by CIO Bulletin 2021 (50 Best Companies to Watch 2021 (ciobulletin.com) He is also listed amongst the “The 10 Most Innovative Business Leaders Making Difference in 2021” by the INC Magazine.

Emmanuel has authored several scholarly articles on family law, alternative dispute resolution and arbitration, debt collection and insolvency, company law and practice, enforcement of local and foreign judgments and arbitral awards, telecommunications,  real estate and construction, due diligence and legal audit compliance on Mondaq, Getting the Deal Through, Lexology, Corporate LiveWire, Virtual RoundTable, Finance Monthly, Lexology, Financial Worldwide, Start-up Overseas.

Emmanuel’s recent books are “Impact of Nigeria’s Legislations and Business Practices on Foreign Investments” available on www.morebooks.com. He also wrote as a specialist contributor on the topic “Enforcement of Arbitral Awards and Foreign Judgments in Nigeria” to the book “Contemporary Issues in Law and Society: Legal Essays in Tribute to Hon. Justice Chinwe E. Iyizoba JCA” of the Court of Appeal. He wrote a dissertation on “Arbitration! A Bane to Prompt Resolution of International Commercial Disputes; A Case of Nigeria” in partial fulfilment towards an award of LLM Degree by the University of Liverpool, England.

Emmanuel studied law at the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria and graduated in 2006 with a Second Class Upper Division LLB Degree in Civil Law. He obtained his Bachelor of Laws at the Nigerian Law School, Lagos where he also graduated with a Second Class Upper Division and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2007. He holds a Pass with Merit LLM Degree in International Business Law from the University of Liverpool, England.

Emmanuel is a Member of the Nigerian Bar Association and Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Management Consultants. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitration, U.K. He is a practicing Nigerian Lawyer with vast international business advisory and public interest litigation experience.

Firm Description:

At Fred-Young & Evans LP, we offer an array of legal services in support of our Clients. We consistently proffer commercially focused, time and cost effective as well as result oriented legal advice to challenging commercial transaction and disputes.

We combine industry-leading insight with responsiveness in a way that promotes our Clients’ interests. Our wide range of practical corporate practice and litigation experience has positioned our firm to offer effective solutions to complex disputes and problems.

We integrate innovation into every aspect of our work by identifying international best legal practice and recent decisions of Nigerian superior courts and other commonwealth countries on our practice areas. We attempt to improve Nigerian law and practice through research on developments in other jurisdictions.

We are members to many reputable international networks including International Credit Exchange, IR Global, The Lawyers Network, Leaders in Law, The Legal 500, Advisory Excellence, STARTUPOverseas, Global Law Experts, International Advisory Experts. From our offices in Abuja, we have established a working relationship with attorneys in major cities in Nigeria and throughout Africa.


Amina Oyagbola

Leaders in Law endorses Amina Oyagbola as our exclusively recommended Corporate Law expert in Nigeria. If you wish to get in touch with Amina please use the contact information provided above.

Amina Oyagbola is an extremely versatile legal practitioner with significant footprints in Litigation, Corporate in-house Legal Management, Boardroom Practices and Processes and Human Resource Management. Her more than 35 years’ career spans Legal Consulting, Banking & Finance, Oil & Gas and Telecommunications.

She obtained her undergraduate law degree from Ahmadu Bello University, her masters’ in law from Trinity college, Cambridge University and her masters’ degree in business administration (MBA) from Lancaster University Management School. She was admitted to the Nigerian Bar in July 1983. Amina started her career as a legal practitioner in the Chambers of late Chief FRA Williams, the then leading litigation lawyer in Nigeria. She left advocacy in 1990 to set up the legal department in the freshly incorporated Crystal Bank. She later moved to the much older and larger United Bank for Africa Plc. as Head of the Legal Department to lead much needed reform and revival. From the Legal Department she moved on to Head the Human Capital Management Division and, subsequently, to set up the Private Banking Division as head.

Amina joined Shell Petroleum Development Company to develop a new function as Head, HR Strategy, Standards and Business Planning. In 2004, She joined MTN Nigeria Telecommunications Ltd (now Plc.), the leading telecommunications provider in Africa and the Middle East, as Corporate Services Executive and Corporate spokesperson.  During her 12-year tenure as a member of MTN Nigeria’s leadership team, she contributed notably to the company’s extraordinary growth and development. As Corporate Services Executive, she had oversight over Legal, Regulatory, Company Secretariat and Corporate Communications. She was the sole pioneer Executive Director of the MTN Foundation and ensured its growth into one of the most notable and innovative Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Institutions in Nigeria. She next became MTN’s Human Resources Executive where she led a strategic transformation in the Human Resources Function to improve business performance. Her leadership resulted in MTN becoming the first company in Nigeria to be accredited with the International Investors in People (IIP) Gold Standard in May 2015 as well as winning several other awards. She was also nominated as HR person of the year in 2015 by People Magazine. She served on the MTN Group Strategy Committee, and on the board of MTN Spacetel Benin Republic, chairing the Audit and Risk Committee of the Board.

In December 2015, during a period of regulatory crisis, she was called upon to lead the legal, Regulatory and Corporate Affairs functions, in addition to her continuing responsibility for Human Resources. She helped to work for an amicable resolution. In 2019, she was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award by HR People Magazine. Although an original founder of Oyagbola Chambers, Amina took a long leave of absence and re-joined the firm in 2016. Her main areas of practice are Corporate Structuring, Transaction Advice, Corporate Regulation, Telecommunication and Master and Servant Advice and Regulations.

A passionate advocate for diversity and inclusiveness, she is the Founder and Chairperson of WISCAR (Women in Successful Careers), a not-for-profit, gender empowerment and strategic mentoring and leadership initiative for professional career women. She is a Chevening Scholar. Amina is a Fellow and Chair of The Africa Leadership Initiative – West Africa, a Fellow of the Aspen Global Leadership Network, a Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM) and Chartered Fellow of the United Kingdom Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). She is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors (IoD), a Certified Ethics Officer, the Chair of the IoD Ethics Committee, a Member of Women Corporate Directors and Former Vice Chair of the IoD Women Directors Development Committee. She is a Director, IOD Centre for Corporate Governance, a Fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants and a member of International Coaching Federation. Over the course of her career, she has attended and completed several executive and management courses at INSEAD, London Business School, IMD and Harvard Business School. Her Consummate 360 degrees understanding of business from both the inside and the outside makes her a skilled adviser and trusted business partner.

Firm Description:

Dependable, innovative, proactive and ethical, Oyagbola Chambers has established a reputation for providing excellent and dedicated service to our clients. Our core focus is on resolving the legal issues and concerns of our clients with practical, sustainable and business friendly solutions. Established in 1987, Oyagbola Chambers offers a range of services dedicated to helping our clients thrive and grow their business.

Our Corporate Structuring and Investment services help both foreign and local businesses set up and enhance their products and services by advising on optimal business vehicles for the realisation of their goals. Our Securities and Regulatory team are versed in navigating the rules, regulations and practices of the securities market and can help to identify opportunities.  Our Taxation and Compliance services help our clients to proactively map and navigate the often complex Federal, State and Municipal Laws of Nigeria and all her parts as they affect business. Our Transaction Advisory offerings are there to help our clients structure their transactions and keep them free of legal and regulatory pitfalls.

We offer diverse advisory and litigation services to many of the banks in Nigeria. Intellectual Property is a growth area especially in the protection of trademarks and marketing brands. We are well steeped in the laws and practices that govern these. Oil and Gas remain the largest earners of foreign exchange for Nigeria. However, investments in these areas need to be renewed and there is great scope for fresh investments. We provide guidance on the opportunities and regulations in these fields.

Our other offerings include:

Corporate and Commercial Litigation for the proactive protection of the corporate integrity and the commercial rights and interests of our clients. Alternative Dispute Resolution for more expedited and better assured resolution of conflicts. Debt Recovery and the controlled work-out of receivables due to clients. Master and Servant Issues which have become more complex as a result of increased regulatory protection of employees as well as the assurance of diversity in the workplace.

Our clients include Government Agencies, Banks, Insurance Companies, Manufacturing and Trading Companies, Multinational Companies and individuals. Our aim is to harness our knowledge and experience to deliver ideal solutions for the business needs of clients. Ethics Assurance. 

Practice Areas

  • Banking
  • Intellectual Property
  • Business Formation and Management
  • Negligence and Tort
  • Commercial litigation
  • Real Property Investment
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Energy and Minerals
  • Bespoke Services.


Titilope Awe

Leaders in Law endorses Titi Awe as our exclusively recommended Employment Law expert in Nigeria. If you wish to get in touch with Titi please use the contact information provided above.

Titilope is a fast and forward-thinking reputable legal practitioner, who has vast experience in corporate and commercial law. She has advised several clients on various Nigerian and international transactions. She has advised clients on several labour law issues and real estate and construction transactions. As a commercial lawyer she has sat on several boards, and proffered legal advisory, company secretarial & regulatory compliance services to several clients.


Covenant University Ota, Ogun State. (BSC. Marketing)
Coventry University United Kingdom (LL.B)
Nigerian Law School (B.L)

Professional Membership

Nigerian Bar Association.
International Bar Association.
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, U.K

Firm Description:

Stalwart Legal is a full-service millennial law firm that caters to a wide range of local and international clients.

The world is evolving and the major driver of this change is the impact of technology on every aspect of our lives. As a result, very few organisations are able to stay afloat in these times and those that are, require legal practitioners that are versed in the modish way the world operates.

Our strengths at Stalwart Legal include anticipating our clients’ needs in advance, proffering creative solutions to their problems, and staying abreast/informed of all legal, business, and regulatory developments on their brief.

Stalwart Legal was founded in 2015 with the vision of building a timeless legacy. With our team of lawyers, who have an in-depth understanding of their practice, our vision is to carve a niche for ourselves and ensure that our standards are parallel to the best global practices.

We undertake work for individuals, public and private companies, financial institutions, government, government agencies and consulting firms in various sectors.

Mission Statement

To provide our clients with contemporary legal services whilst, leveraging on our adept and vibrant legal practitioners, adopting a strategic and expedited approach in our service delivery .

Vision Statement

To be recognized as a dynamic top tier law firm with standards parallel to the best global practices.


Mobolaji Ayorinde SAN

Leaders in Law endorses Mobolaji Ayorinde as our exclusively recommended Banking & Finance Law expert in Nigeria. If you wish to get in touch with Mobolaji please use the contact information provided above.

Mobolaji Ayorinde is the principal partner of B Ayorinde & Co Legal Practitioners and Notaries Public, highly specialised in providing first-class expertise in litigation and commercial practice. His main practice areas include: general civil litigation, commercial litigation, company law, family law, property and land law, banking, insurance and liquidation law, arbitration, maritime and shipping law, public advocacy, and parliamentary counselling services. Mobolaji attended University Hall, Buckland in Oxfordshire, England (UK) where he obtained a University of Oxford-accredited GCE certificate (law, intermediate LLB (1983)). He also attended the prestigious Holborn Law Tutors in London for his University of London, Bachelor of Laws (LLB, Hons) degree certificate (1985).

He is a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1986. During the national youth service programme, he attached himself to the private law firm of Messrs Akin-Delano Legal Practitioners (a renowned firm for its commercial practice spanning a period of over 40 years), where he was a junior counsel in the firm. He worked directly under the principal, Chief Akin – Delano SAN, and was later seconded to take charge of the Lagos Office until 1990 when he set up the Law Firm of B Ayorinde & Co.

He was appointed notary public for Nigeria in November, 1994, under the Notaries Public Act Cap 331 by Honorable Justice Mohammed Bello GCON, former Chief Justice of Nigeria. In 2005 he was elevated to the prestigious rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN). He was appointed pro-chancellor and chairman of the governing council of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, Oyo State of Nigeria where he served for the statutory four years. He was also the chairman of the Oyo state committee on the decongestion of prisons.

He has attended and participated in as facilitator or presenter at several international and local law conferences and seminars. In November 2011, he was appointed by President Goodluck Jonathan as a member of the Presidential Advisory Committee on the Prerogative of Mercy (PACPM). In June 2012, he was appointed chairman of the governing board of the Legal Aid Council of Nigeria by the president.

He is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), the International Bar Association (IBA), the Nigerian-British Chamber of Commerce, the Nigerian-Belgian Commercial Information and Documentation Centre and the Commonwealth Lawyers Association. He has been a council member of the section on public and development law (SPIDEL) of the NBA; and chairman of the finance committee of the Nigerian Bar Association, Ikeja Branch. He is an active member of the Body of Senior Advocates of Nigeria and a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitration, Nigeria. In September 2014, he was conferred with the national honour of Officer of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (OFR).

He has written many articles and frequently delivers papers and gives presentations on subjects in his core practice areas. He is the author of various publications, including: “Securing and Enforcing Maritime Claims: Juriscope 1st Edition-2001 Series”, “Wills and Testamentary Disposition”, “Sovereign Immunity and the Trials of Augosto Pinochet”, “Judicial Precedent, Law Reporting and the Need for Regulation”, “Judicial Bias and Justice Delivery”, “A Commentary on the Independence of Electoral Umpire in Nigeria”, “Boko Haram, Terrorism and Fundamental Human Rights; the Challenges that concern us”, “Criminal Justice System in Nigeria”, “53, Years after Independence: the many faces of Judicial Riot”, “Nigerian-Any Strength in Adversity”, “A Reformatory Approach to the Criminal Justice System in Nigeria”, and “The RashidiYekini Case and the State of Mental Health Law in Nigeria” .

B.Ayorinde & Co:

B. AYORINDE & CO. is a firm of legal practitioners established in November, 1989. Our area of superior expertise is in Litigation and Commercial Practice. Our major asset is the ability to form an effective working partnership with our Clients in order to achieve their desired corporate and individual results. Presently our Firm has an integrated network of over 25 legal professionals in Nigeria, United Kingdom and the United States.

Our dynamic team is up-to-date on evolving areas of law. We have a well-equipped modern library with adequate resources which enable us meet the requirements of our Clients, proffer and implement tailor – made solutions to their transactions. We are legal advisers and solicitors to various companies quoted on the Nigerian Stock Exchange.

We specialize in Litigation / Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Practice and Corporate / Commercial Law Practice. Our legal professionals have vast experience in major areas of the Law, which include Cross-border Litigation, Recoveries including No Win-No Fee, Dispute Resolution, Criminal Law, Probate matters,Securing of Pre-emptive and Protective Court Orders,Family Law, Employment Law, Land Law, Election Petitions, Banking and Finance, Debt Recovery, Insolvency, Maritime Law, Taxation and International Law.

Our head office is located in Ikoyi, the heart of commercial activities in Lagos. We also have offices in Abuja and Ibadan, as well as representative offices in London and New York to serve our growing number of International Clients. The firm is adequately staffed with efficient and dedicated paralegal personnel to compliment the work of the Lawyers.

At B. Ayorinde & Co., we undertake every legal service with an eye for detail and are solution driven to achieve desired results. We are dynamic and positioned to be the very best at providing legal services.

Benedict Oregbemhe

Leaders in Law endorses Benedict Oregbemhe as our exclusively recommended Maritime Law and Shipping Law expert in Nigeria. If you wish to get in touch with Benedict please use the contact information provided above.

Benfield Attorneys and Solicitors (BAS) is a leading Corporate and Commercial Law firm based in Nigeria with offices in Lagos, Port Harcourt, Abuja and Benin City. Since established in 2016, it has been at the forefront of developments in commercial and corporate practice in Nigeria and has continuously rendered sound technical advice and tailored customer solutions to its local and international partners. To our clients, BAS is a reliable partner and trusted counsel in various transactions and dispute resolution processes. We see our duty to our client as that of not just providing excellent technical advice, but also providing solutions that address and enhance a client’s purpose and business objective.

Over the years, BAS has garnered an impressive track record of providing first class specialised services in the areas of Maritime, Commercial Dispute Resolution and Arbitration, Oil and Gas, Aviation, Intellectual Property, Energy and Natural Resources, Company Secretarial Services, Real Estate, Probate and Succession, Banking, Finance and Insurance, Immigration, Debt Recovery, regulatory compliance, etc. Our successes in providing solutions have been a source of satisfaction and pride to clients and have been positively acknowledged by counter parties.

To ensure that excellent legal services are delivered to every client at every time, BAS is staffed with diversely skilled, well trained and experienced team members. As a corporate citizen, BAS is committed to being socially responsible by making sustainable and impactful investments into the legal industry and the overall Nigerian society.

At BAS, we are continuously striving to raise the standard of legal practice in Nigeria and remaining a dependable and responsible corporate partner is the central goal for every effort.

Folashade Adeloye

Folashade Adeloye is a qualified common law solicitor with extensive experience in cross border corporate finance transactions. Her competence spans private equity, business combinations, and capital markets. Having worked in asset management for over fifteen years, Folashade has developed expertise in wealth transfer as it relates to gifting, estate planning, business succession planning, future family security and charitable giving. Over the years, she has rendered wealth management and transfer services to High Net Worth Individuals and affluent families across several jurisdictions, displaying a deep understanding of trust laws and gifting techniques.

Folashade currently manages ARM Trustees Limited, a subsidiary of Asset & Resource Management Holding Company Limited “ARM Group”, the largest non-bank financial service Firm in Nigeria with over N1tn Assets Under Management. She manages ARM Trustees book of business and operations, is responsible for driving strategy and profitability and ensuring employee engagement. ARM Trustees’ close alignment with ARM Group’s wealth and investment management business has led to achievement of 100% growth target in client base and AUM. Over a three year period, Folashade and her team of experienced trust advisors have propelled ARM Group’s trust business’ appointment on high profile debt market transactions cumulatively valued at circa U$6bn, driving the business to profitability and achieving recognition as a strong player in the corporate trust industry. She is also seasoned in corporate governance and company secretarial practice.

She holds an LL.B from Obafemi Awolowo University and an LL.M from the University of Lagos, Nigeria and is a qualified Barrister & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Secretaries & Administrators (ICSA) UK, a member of the Negotiation & Conflict Management Group (NCMG) and an INSEAD alumni. She is a member of the Society for Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP) and was awarded the International Advisory Expert of the Year (Estate Planning) for Nigeria in 2018.

Onjefu Adoga, Esq.

Brooke Chambers is a full service law firm based in Lagos and Abuja, Nigeria. Our practice areas covers financial law services, business and investment laws, infrastructure law, natural resources law, maritime law, human resources law and general litigation practice.

Work Experience:

Member: Nigerian Bar Association (NBA): 26 years post call. Member International Bar Association (IBA), American Bar Association (ABA). Capital Market Operator licensed by SEC. Notary Public appointed by Supreme Court. Member ABA Section of International Law, ABA Business Law Section, ABA Real Estate Section. ABA Torts & Trial Practice Section, Member: ABA Intl Legal Resource Center (ILRC). Steering Committee member, ABA SIL Immigration Section, Development Consultant-DEVEX and Development Aid. Recipient International Who is Who of Professionals. Nominee Nigerian Legal Awards 2015, Nominee: African Law Digest Awards 2016. Vice Chair. ABA SIL Intl Refugee Law Committee.

Some of current clientele base in Nigeria are:

Brooke Chambers renders legal consultancy services to several Federal Government of Nigeria agencies namely: National Assembly, Nigeria Investment Promotion Commission, National Pension Commission, Nigerian. Electricity Reg. Commission, Nigeria Export Promotion Commission, Federal Ministry of Justice, Nigeria National Petroleum Corp., Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Bureau for Public Enterprises (BPE), Nigeria Stock Exchange (NSE), Infrastructure Concession & Reg. Commission, Infrastructure Bank of Nigeria, Nigerian Communications Commission, Nigerian Maritime Admin. &Safety Agency, Nigerian Shippers Council, Nigerian Ports Authority, Nigeria. Deposit Insurance Corporation, Legal Aid Council, Federal Housing Authority, Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, Nigeria Airspace Management Agency, African Development Bank, Nigeria Export-Import Bank, First Bank Union Bank, UBA, Guaranty Trust Bank, UAC, Mobil Oil Nigeria, Chevron Nigeria Ltd, Shell Petroleum, MTN, etc.

Practice Overview:

The salient details of our maritime law services are sale and alienation of ships and vessels, marine insurance law, recovery of cargo and claims, cabotage law and permits, maritime law administration, ports administration, customs laws, import and export laws, shipping permits and laws, ship arrest, ship registration, ship detention, lay time and demurrage, personal injury, maritime litigation etc.

Afam Francis Nwokedi

Leaders in Law endorses Afam Francis Nwokedi as our exclusively recommended IP Law expert in Nigeria. If you wish to get in touch with Afam please use the contact information provided above.

STILLWATERS is an award winning leading law firm that specialises in corporate and commercial, intellectual property (IP) law, taxation and dispute resolution/litigation. The firm operates from the commercial cities of Lagos and Abuja in Nigeria, with extended IP practice is Angola and under the OAPI dispensation.

Our mission is to meet the needs of our clients by providing quality legal representation on a cost effective basis.

Professionalism, flexibility and innovation are the hallmark of our practice. We value professional excellence, outstanding result and realise they both require creativity and hard work. We strive to gain every legal advantage for our clients while upholding the principles behind the practice of the law.

From corporate commercial contracts, media rights mergers, sport licensing, corporate income tax, copyright issues, due diligence to general trademark/patent administration, infringement, passing-off, anti-counterfeiting, piracy technology transfer, joint venture, dispute resolution, litigation and enforcement, practice representative clients include over 600 clients including foreign and local multinationals, publicly quoted companies, financial institutions, industries, small and medium-size businesses and private entrepreneurs. We are adequately equipped and well positioned to meet the challenges of legal practice in this ever-changing technological age. Whether a client’s matter is small or large, we strive always to provide the individual attention and quality service that has helped many of our clients to grow with us over the years.


Bayo Ojo

Leaders in Law endorses Bayo Ojo as our exclusively recommended Arbitration Law expert in Nigeria. If you wish to get in touch with Bayo Ojo please use the contact information provided above.

Bayo Ojo, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria is the founder and senior partner of Bayo Ojo and Company, a firm of legal practitioners in Nigeria. He graduated from the University of Lagos in June 1977 where he obtained his LL.B and was called to the Nigerian Bar in July 1978. He started his Law practice before obtaining his LL.M from the London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London in 1982. He also obtained a Certificate in Legal Drafting from the Royal Institute of Public Administration, London and a diploma in International Commercial Arbitration from the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London

He is a fellow of the same Institute, and a Chartered Arbitrator. Bayo Ojo is a former Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice of Nigeria, former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, past Chairman of the Nigerian branch of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and past Chairman of the Legal Aid Board of Nigeria (1999-2004). He is a former member of the International Law Commission of the United Nations in Geneva and currently a member of Council of the Section on Energy and Natural Resources Law of the International Bar Association and the Trustee representing Africa on the Board of Trustees of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London. He is a member of the panel of ICSID in Washington DC and the Permanent Court of Arbitration, Hague, Netherlands.

Chief Bayo Ojo has extensive experience in all aspects of Corporate and Commercial law in the course of his career and he has advised on several major transactions including joint ventures acquisition and mergers. He has also acted as counsel, sole arbitrator and presiding arbitrator in quite a number of domestic and International Arbitrations.

Arbitration Law Practice:

The company handles all kinds of dispute resolution including the various forms of alternative dispute resolution, such as arbitration and mediation particularly in the corporate, commercial, industrial, construction and financial disciplines. Our approach to resolution of any dispute, whether it is determined by negotiation, mediation or arbitration, is to reach an acceptable and advantageous solution as soon as possible.

Bayo Ojo & Co:

Our firm which has existed for twenty nine years is recognized both locally and internationally as a dynamic law firm with an unwavering commitment to integrity, professionalism and delivery of services with skills of distinction and innovative approach to meet the needs of different clients.

The firm enjoys a reputation of adding value to transactions by advising on the structure, merits and strategy of such transactions and using its network of local and international contacts to recognise and identify opportunities for its clients. Changing times require adaptation of skills and the introduction of new services, therefore our firm is constantly restructuring and repositioning its abilities and resources to ensure that it is able to furnish clients with the widest range of quality skills and services.

Dr. Wale Babalakin

Leaders in Law endorses Dr. Wale Babalakin as our exclusively recommended Construction Law expert in Nigeria. If you wish to get in touch with Dr. Babalakin please use the contact information provided above.

Dr Babalakin is the principal partner of Babalakin & Co. He attended the University of Lagos, Nigeria, where he obtained an LLB (Hons) in 1981. Thereafter, he proceeded to the University of Cambridge, where he obtained an LLM in 1983 and a PhD in 1986. He was a commonwealth scholar of the University of Cambridge, 1984-1986. Dr Wale Babalakin was admitted to the Nigerian Bar in 1982 and conferred with the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria in 2002.

He was also conferred with the national honour of officer of the federal republic (OFR), in February 2008. In 2007, he was appointed as the honorary special adviser on legal matters and general counsel to the former president of the federal republic of Nigeria, late Alhaji Musa Yar’dua. Dr Babalakin is a member of the body of benchers, which is the highest legal body regulating the affairs of legal practitioners in Nigeria. He has acted in high-profile commercial arbitrations proceedings and civil litigations in disputes arising from various sectors of the Nigerian economy. He has conducted trials and appeals in all our courts, from the courts of first to the Supreme Court in matters of significant constitutional national importance and equally in commercial transactions that cut across the entire gamut of Nigeria’s economy- construction, real estate, oil and gas, telecoms, maritime, aviation, banking and financing.

Dr Babalakin has worked with federal and several state governments in conceptualising transactions to support the development of infrastructure and investment in the country. He led the team of legal consultants to a state government for the building of an international airport in Nigeria, a multimillion-dollar project. He is currently leading the team representing a state government in an arbitration claim arising therefrom. Dr Babalakin led the team of lawyers who represented the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation in a $100 million dollar claim in arbitral proceedings for the determination of contractual rights and obligations of the corporation. Dr Babalakin also led the team of lawyers in a landmark election petition case that resulted in the appointment of one of Nigeria’s senate presidents. He is a much sought-after speaker in the Nigerian legal profession and has presented so many papers at seminars, conferences and workshops in Nigeria and abroad on topical issues of law.